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Audrey Hepburn is well-known for her starring roles in films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina (among others!) but her legend encompasses much more. Ballerina, actress, humanitarian, and fashion icon; Audrey Hepburn is a fascinating, multifaceted woman that took the world by storm! So, join us in paying homage to the ever-inspiring Audrey Hepburn.

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Paramount-photo by Bud Fraker, via Wikimedia Commons

Early Life

Before Audrey Hepburn became a famous actress, she lived through and experienced first-hand the horrors of World War II. She and her family were spared from concentration camps but she witnessed countless brutalities while her family lost everything and struggled to keep food on the table. According to Wikipedia, after the war, she trained to become a famous ballerina until she was told her frame (affected from wartime nutrition) would keep her from achieving that status.

 

Audrey Hepburn Holding Oscar VIA Stylist

Actress

Not to be broken, Audrey moved on to begin her actress career. She played minor roles until she was given the lead roll in Roman Holiday (1953) and her career took off! Audiences, directors, and critics alike fell in love with her expressive face, her grace, and beauty.

Her magnetism and personality can be summed up by director William Wyler.

“She had everything I was looking for: charm, innocence, and talent. She also was very funny. She was absolutely enchanting and we said, ‘That’s the girl!” Paris, Barry (2001) [1996]. Audrey HepburnBerkley BooksISBN 978-0-425-18212-3.

 

 

Hans Gerber via Wikimedia Commons

Humanitarian

Having lived through war herself, Audrey always felt compelled to assist anyone and everyone in need. So, she became an ambassador to UNICEF and dedicated a large portion of her life to raising money and sharing the stories of children who experience war.

 

Audrey Hepburn Walking Away,1953, Mark Shaw VIA Jackson Fine Arts

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Audrey’s slim, petite frame, choppy, short hair, and thick eyebrows were relatively new to the fashion scene when she first appeared. Instead of judging her, the world became captivated with the styles and designers she chose to wear. One designer, Hubert de Givenchy developed a close friendship with her and designed a majority of her red carpet looks.

If you want to dress like Audrey, look for minimalist designs with simple lines. Casual elegance is the name of the game! Avoid flashy jewelry, embrace monochromatic colors and get yourself a pair of white tennis sneakers.

 

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